INSPORTS launches foot­ball, net­ball com­pe­ti­tions

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Akino Ming/Staff Re­porter

MIN­IS­TER OF Cul­ture, Gen­der, En­ter­tain­ment and Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange has al­ways es­poused gen­der equal­ity.

She seems to want to spread that mes­sage to chil­dren at pri­mary schools as she has en­sure that the prize money for the In­sti­tute of Sports (INSPORTS) pri­mary school foot­ball and net­ball com­pe­ti­tions are the same.

“We have in­creased the prize money for the foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion to $200,000,” she said at the launch of the com­pe­ti­tions yesterday at the Na­tional In­door Sports Com­plex. “We have al­ways talked about gen­der equal­ity and not only are we say­ing that the girls’ money should in­crease, but we are say­ing that they should get the same amount as the boys, and there­fore, their prize money has in­creased to $200,000 also.”

Al­most 400 pri­mary schools from all 14 parishes are reg­is­tered to take part in the 2018-19 INSPORTS Pri­mary School foot­ball and Net­ball com­pe­ti­tions.

SCHOOLS ZONED

The schools will be zoned in their var­i­ous parishes, with Port­more be­ing treated as a sep­a­rate zone from St Catherine.

The com­pe­ti­tions, which will be run­ning con­cur­rently, are set to kick off on Novem­ber 13 at the parish level in round robin for­mats.

The win­ners of each parish will qual­ify for the na­tional round, where they will play in a knock­out for­mat un­til a cham­pion is crown. The na­tional round will start on Jan­uary 11 and ends on Fe­bru­ary 1.

INSPORTS has now made it manda­tory for girls to take part in the foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion.

Each team must have at least five girls reg­is­tered on their teams and a girl must al­ways be on the field for the du­ra­tion of the 60minute game.

Grange also an­nounced that within the next three years, coaches at the pri­mary-school level will all need to be cer­ti­fied in or­der to par­tic­i­pate in the com­pe­ti­tion.

GRANGE

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